December 2017


Drs. Cooke and Kanter

Drs. Cooke & Kanter complete COM Leadership Development Program

Congratulations to Brian Cooke, MD and Gary Kanter, MD! They have completed the 2017 College of Medicine Leadership Development Program (LDP). The LDP is designed …


Diane Ludwig, Dr. Wayne Creelman and Donna Robart

Women’s Refuge fetes 20 years of ‘hope, opportunity’

The Women’s Refuge of Vero Beach celebrated two decades of assisting women in crisis, hosting more than 250 guests at its 20th Year Anniversary Gala. Dr. Wayne Creelman, Keynote speaker, medical director at Vero’s Center for Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine


Carol Mathews

UF researcher talks Tourette syndrome on Capitol Hill

Carol Mathews, MD made the case for funding and widespread education. In a recent visit to Capitol Hill, the UF Health child psychiatrist ...



UF Health opens Heart & Vascular, Neuromedicine hospitals in December

If you missed the Faculty and Staff tour, watch video of ribbon cutting here.


Helping Hands - Tip of the Cap

Tip of the cap to MS3 Christian Archer and the UF undergrads for their helping hands at clinic.

The patients are all appreciative of the care given by the UF volunteers.

The next Monday clinic is December 11th.

All faculty, fellows, and residents are welcome.

Helping Hands Website


Congratulations to our Resident of the Month!

Resident of the month for November is Kevin Putinta, MD.


Jessica Zakrzewski

Graduate Assistant Selected for INS SLC Research Award

Jessica Zakrzewski, a graduate assistant in Carol Mathews, MD's PGENeS Laboratory has been selected for the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) Student Liaison Committee (SLC) Research Award. This is a distinction …



Hear from our Patients

Reeve Abraben, a local dentist, is happier than he’s ever been. After receiving addiction treatment at the UF Health Florida Recovery Center, Reeve says he has accepted sobriety and is committed to recovery. Now, he’s no longer using drugs or alcohol, and he takes time to look inward as a way to maintain life’s peace. Watch video here


UF Health at Downtown Arts Festival

COARD, FAVI, and UF Health were at the Downtown Arts Festival providing attendees with information on our services, clinical trails, and camp.


Inside OCD

The Inside OCD event was a collaborative storytelling event created by an exceptional group of people who live with an OCD diagnosis, their family members, and a clinician from the OCD clinic. Participants have worked together over ten weeks to share their personal stories of living with OCD with a focus on developing storytelling skills. As a means to create awareness and understanding in the community and to support others living with an OCD diagnosis, this project culminates in a unique live multi-media performance and discussion hosted by Adam Strauss.


2017 Reflections

The department had a great year full of accomplishments, remembrances, and events. We invite you to view a short video of some of them. WATCH 


Staff Recognition

Starting January 1st we would like to start recognizing our wonderful staff in the newsletter.

We need your help!

We'd like you to keep an eye out for those staff members that continually go above and beyond for the department.

Then, we would like you to nominate them by submitting their name and a brief explanation of the awesome thing(s) they do!

The Executive Leadership Committee will vote on the candidates and we will announce the winner in the newsletter. 

Please submit your entries to Priscilla Spence by December 15th. 


NEW Online CME Offering for UF & Non-UF physicians

FREE for UF persons, $35 for Non-UF persons per lecture. We have 18 lectures online for you to choose from!



Peaceful Paths Holiday Giving Program

This year make the holiday season a little brighter for the women and children we serve by participating in our Holiday Giving Program. 

Click here for more information.



Interested in being a part of the planning committee?

Have pictures or stories to share?

Email Jessica Dennis to get involved or to send your pictures.


Daniel Fuentes

Chair's Office 

Daniel will continue his education in graduate school here at the University of Florida. 


Shaye Lankford

Fiscal Office

Shaye will be leaving us to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams of owning his own business. 


Elise Martin

Clinic Manager 

Adult Psychiatry and Pain Medicine Clinic

Elise Martin will be leaving the Adult Psychiatry Clinic and joining the Department of Neuromedicine / Neurology & Neurosurgery in the new UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital. 


Katie Suggs

Clinic Manager

Child Psychiatry Clinic

Katie Suggs will be leaving the Child Psychiatry clinic and joining the Department of Pediatrics in the Gerold L. Schiebler CMS Center on SW 16th Avenue.


MaryEllen Frey and Emmanuel Myrtil

We would like to welcome MaryEllen Frey and Emmanuel Myrtil to the department as the new managers of the Adult and Child Psychiatry clinics. They will begin on December 18th.

MaryEllen will join us as the new Adult Psychiatry and Pain Medicine Clinic manager and Emmanuel will be our new Child Psychiatry and Medical Psychology Clinic manager. 


Taylor Greene

Academic Assistant II

Taylor will be working with Czerne Reid, PhD in Online Education. She will be responsible for program development support, course scheduling and enrollment coordination, update of course information in the Learning Management System each semester, and accreditation reporting, and serve as program liaison with other Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, UF Distance Learning, and other UF offices. 


December 8th

Grand Rounds with Sidney Zisook, MD

“Burning Bright, Not Out: Preventing Physician Burnout and Suicide”

12pm - 1pm  | McKnight Brain Institute | DeWeese Auditorium 



December 9th

Family Day - Art for Autism


Harn Museum of Art | 3259 Hull Road

To register, contact Elizabeth King, MS

at or 352-294-7061


December 9th

Holiday Party - TODAY, Dec 4th Deadline to RSVP

RSVP to Tracy Dees at or 352-294-4900

Please let Tracy know if you will be bringing guests and if those guests include children, please provide her with the number of children who will be accompanying you.


December 22nd

Grand Rounds with Rakesh Jain, MD, MPH

“Exploring New and Emerging Novel Pharmacotherapies for Major Depressive Disorder, Depression Subtypes, and Treatment-Resistant Depression”

12pm - 1pm  | McKnight Brain Institute | DeWeese Auditorium 



December 25th

Christmas - Closed - Clinics, Chair's Office, Fiscal Office.


December 26 - December 31

The Chair's Office and the Fiscal Office will be closed during the period of December 26 to 31  per University Holiday Closing Period Policy.


January 1

New Years Day - Closed - Clinics, Chair's Office, Fiscal Office.

January 16-19, 2018

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Register NOW - Limited space to train for Parent-Child Interaction Therapist

For more information or to register, please visit our PCIT page. Please direct questions to Monica Brook at  



Resistance Band Workouts

Get strong with these 5 minute upper body, lower body, and total body workouts. Use our printable handouts as a guide and check out our video demonstrations to perfect your form.


Mindfulness Relaxation Minutes 

Beatriz Elena de Bruna will be our Mindfulness Facilitator for December

Beatriz Elena de Bruna has taught meditation for over twenty years in both English and Spanish. She studied with meditation teachers from many practices, and after participating in the "Teacher Development Intensive" at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School her focus has been Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She offers mindfulness courses in English or Spanish (or bilingual) for group and individual instruction at a variety of locations including community centers, health centers, homes, and hospitals.

Please be sure to join us Thursdays at 12:15pm via videoconference at MBI, MOB, Little Springhill or call into the conference line 1-888-670-3525 and enter participant code 9372794023#


              Articles: Melinda Fawcett      Design: Daniel Fuentes        Editors: Priscilla Spence &

Tom Zych                        


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